Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Top 5 Classic Sting Matches of All-Time


Sting has been wrestling with various organizations in different countries since 1985, including 14 years with WCW. In that time he fought in some incredible matches; whether they be fought technically or all-out brawls, solo, or part of a tag team, Sting has established himself to be quite the versatile wrestler. 

With his match against Seth Rollins just 4 days away, we take a look back at his top 5 matches when he wrestled for WCW.

Sting vs Cactus Jack, Beach Blast '92, June 20, 1992
In a "Falls Count Anywhere Match" these two executed some impressive and dangerous moves outside of the ring; things like suplexes, elbow drops, backdrops, and sunset flips. These moves were made more dangerous because of the fact that this match took place before WCW put mats out around their rings. 

Sting's Squadron (Sting, Ricky Steamboat, Barry Windham, Nikita Koloff & Dusty Rhodes) vs The Dangerous Alliance (Steve Austin, Bobby Eaton, Larry Zbyszko, Rick Rude & Arn Anderson), War Games, WrestleWar '92
Any time the topic of best WCW matches comes up, fans will not hesitate to bring up War Games matches. A WarGames match is fought elimination style in a cage surrounded by two rings. Sort of like Hell in a Cell meets the Survivor Series Main Event match, with two rings. This was the second one and it topped the classic first one. Both matches received a rare five star review in Meltzer's Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Sting and Lex Luger vs The Steiner Brothers, SuperBrawl 1, May 19, 1991
One of the best WCW matches that took place in 1991, besides maybe the year's War Games match. As part of a tag team, Sting put together some excellent matches, this being one of them. Proving that Sting does well, not just in solo matches but as part of a tag team. 

Sting vs Vader, Starcade '92
A list featuring the best Sting matches would not be complete without a match involving either Vader or Ric Flair appearing at least once. Sting and Vader had already performed in a tag team match before this, this was one hell of a match. Somehow, these two would fight in a third match on this night. It's pretty impressive that they were able to fight so much in one night. This match was fought to determine the winner of the 1992 “King of Cable” tournament. 

Ric Flair vs Sting, Clash of the Champions 1, March '88
You could do a list of matches featuring these two wrestlers alone. Aired at the same time as WrestleMania IV, wrestling fans who didn't want to spend money on a pay-per-view, could watch "Clash of Champions" for free. This match ended after a 45 minute time limit was reached and resulted in a draw when the judges couldn't name a winner. This match established Sting as a top tier wrestler. Sting and the Nature Boy would go on to fight in many more memorable matches over the years, this one makes the list because it is the one that started off a feud that would last for about 13 years.

There you have it. With someone who's fought in so many classic matches, it's hard to narrow it down to just five. Thank you for reading my list, I hoped you enjoyed it.